Mr. Lucky Odion , the media Co-ordinator of the National ICT Olympiad, disclosed that “the ICT competition which is the first of its kind in Nigeria is approved by the Lagos State Government and endorsed by Nigeria Computer Society.”
This National ICT Olympiad is organised “in a bid to discover Nigeria’s best young computer scientists, develop healthy competitive skills as well as improve the youth’s self esteem together with creating pride in academic achievement.”
A total of 5,186 JSS and 3,088 SSS students registered and participated in the first stage of the competition across 2,765 schools in Lagos State. Only those who scored a minimum of 72% in the first stage qualified for the boot camp stage.
Mr. Odion also made it known through his report that “students who qualified from the first stage of the competition participated in the boot camp at NIIT training centres – Festac, Ajah, Surulere and Ikeja – where they were exposed to web development using HTML 5 and PHP scripting and Adobe Photo shop, before taking the second stage of the examination – boot camp examination.”
“The best 10 students from the boot camp examination will proceed to the state finals where they will showcase their skills in several areas of the ICT. There will be an Olympiad champion and two runner ups,” he added
“Prizes shall include gold medal, N100, 000 cash prize, N100,000 worth of training/scholarship and a laptop computer for the 1st prize winner; the 2nd prize winner shall have a silver medal, N70, 000 cash prize, N70,000 worth of training/scholarship and a laptop computer while the 3rd position shall have a bronze medal and N50, 000 cash prize and the school will receive an e-learning resource centre,” the National ICT Olympiad media coordinator said.
Teachers who accompanied the students to the boot camp commended the efforts of the organisers while they all yearned for their students to win the competition.
Mr. Gbolahan Olaniyan, a computer administrator for X-planter Group of Schools, said that “ the competition is an eye opener for students in the 21st century ICT concept. It has given them the opportunity to see different careers in the ICT and also given them the desire for the ICT career as some of them have started practising what they have learnt.”
Mr. Gholahan recommended that “the competition should be a done annually and measures should be put in place towards extending it to the primary school level. This will encourage gifted children and the country will provide functional ICT experts rather than the usual culture of employing expatriate.”
One of the students, Faridah Manga also confirmed that what they were taught was different from what was applicable in the four walls of the classroom while Ibrahim Soffiyah said his school needed more ICT equipment.